Salmon Fishing Techniques
The best salmon fishing techniques will vary depending on who you talk to. What works for one person may not work for another, and one angler may swear by one technique while another swears that a different technique is the only way to fish. Take a look at these salmon fishing techniques and decide which one works for you,
- Plug fishing. Plug fishing is one of the most widely used salmon fishing techniques in the Pacific Northwest. Plug fishing involves sending the plugs out about 50 feet downstream. The shape of the plug forces it down to the bottom as the current flows over it. The pole is then placed securely in the holder as the both slowly moves downstream.
- Drift fishing. Drift fishing is a salmon fishing technique that is also known as bottombouncing. It uses a weight along with a lure. The weight bounces with the lure along the bottom of the river.
- Hardware fishing. Using spinners is a great way to catch salmon, but it takes time to master the technique. A spinner is a good choice when you are salmon fishing when the water is moving slowly. Make sure you let the spinner sink to the bottom and then lift the rod up a few feet to start a slow retrieve.
- Float fishing. This is a relatively new technique for salmon fishing, but it is becoming more popular. It is very similar to the bobber and worm technique used by young anglers when they first start trout fishing. A slip bobber works well since it is easy to cast, with a jig, plastic worm, or sandshrimp attached to it.